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China mine explosion kills 11, two missing

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Beijing (AFP) March 24, 2011
A coal mine explosion killed at least 11 people and left two missing in northeastern China on Thursday, a local official said, the latest disaster to strike the accident-prone industry.

The explosion in Jilin province's Baishan city also left six mine workers injured, said Li Ruike, a spokesman for the provincial government.

He said he had no further details.

China's mines are notorious as being among the deadliest in the world because of lax regulation, corruption and inefficiency.

Last year, 2,433 people died in coal mine accidents in China, according to official statistics, or a rate of more than six workers per day.

Labour rights groups, however, say the actual death toll is likely much higher than official data indicate, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.




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The nuclear crisis in Japan must not spark a headlong return to fossil fuels, Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said Tuesday in Lithuania, which aims to open an atomic power plant by 2020. Reinfeldt said lessons from Japan should instead help boost nuclear security worldwide, including in Sweden, which has 10 reactors. "But it's also very important to say that all kinds of energy ... read more

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